For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the most succinct, concise and coolest short film festivals below!

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from women’s to LGBT. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

Sub-genre voting began last week, launching with the Other category (for lack of a better title) and Documentaries. This week MovieMaker presents this past Tuesday’s Horror/Sci-Fi category and today’s Short Film Festivals. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite short fests right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the shortest of shorts (that also happen to be the coolest of cool) in each of five pools. The shortest fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on the “Top 5 Coolest Short Film Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Wednesday, August 14 at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!

To browse all 20 of this week’s short film festivals and vote, click on the arrows to the right or left of the voting bar (you’ll need to hover your cursor over the edge of the bar until the translucent arrows appear).

For more information on each fest (including MovieMaker fun facts), click on its picture, or the magnifying glass icon. To visit the festival websites, click the shopping cart icon.

Voting for the Shorts category has concluded. Thank you for participating!

MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in categories ranging from Environmental to Experimental over the next two months. And check back tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, for our Environmental/Social Cause category and Tuesday, August 20 for Women’s fests. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Shorts category.

Pool 1:

West Chester Film Festival

Shorts Film Festival

Dam Short Film Festival

DC Shorts Film Festival

Pool 2:


Reyjavik Shorts and Docs

Palm Springs International ShortFest

My Hero International Film Festival

Pool 3:

Shortz! Film Festival

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

Miami Short Film Festival

Hollywood Shorts Film Festival

Pool 4:

The Smalls Film Festival

Filmstock Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival


Pool 5:

Aspen Shortsfest

Short Short Story Film Festival

Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Couch Fest Films


Don’t forget, MovieMaker has eight other sub-genre categories to vote in, spanning from experimental to environmental, launching every Tuesday and Thursday until the very beginning of September.

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